Beltane Blessings to All 🌺🌸🌼
Updated: May 11
Beltane, BAL-thin-eh in Northern Irish dialect, is a Gaelic May Day festival that falls halfway between the spring equinox and the summer solstice. It is believed to have originated in Ireland and means "the fires of Belenus" (a Celtic sun god) or "bright fire." Ancient Celts used to light bonfires to increase fertility and welcome in summer on this day. Another lovely name for this holiday is "Bringing in the May."
Several readers have asked about the confluence and apparent harmony of Christianity and Celtic paganism in my book. As a human being and a student of history, I see no conflict in honoring traditions and rejoicing in the stunning, life-giving change of seasons while having faith in God or the Lord or the One who created it all. It's all connected. We are all connected 💕
A question from my Readers Guide:
How does Christianity play a part in the story? How does Celtic paganism? Are there any parallels between the two?
They both play a part, and the parallels are endless and beautiful.